Dear All,

Happy New Year Everyone!

On behalf of Sr. Jean Bergado, OP, our dynamic Principal and DISK Admin, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to every one of you for the resounding success of the Council of International Membership visit on November 29, 2023.

The collaborative spirit and unwavering dedication demonstrated during the visit exemplify the strength and unity that define our international community. Your collective efforts have not only showcased our commitment to fostering meaningful relationships but have also paved the way for a future marked by cooperation and shared success.

In reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year, it is evident that the Council’s visit has significantly strengthened the bonds that tie us together. The exchange of ideas, cultural insights, and collaborative initiatives have not only enhanced our understanding of each other but have also laid the groundwork for continued collaboration and mutual growth.

As we look forward to the opportunities and challenges that the coming year may bring, let us carry forward the momentum generated by our successful gathering. May the lessons learned and connections forged during the Council of International Membership visit serve as a foundation for building a more interconnected, prosperous, and harmonious global community.

Here’s to a year filled with even greater achievements, shared accomplishments, and the continued success of our international partnerships. May 2024 be a year of continued growth, understanding, and prosperity for all.


CIS International Accreditation is a rigorous school-wide evaluative process that measures alignment with research-based standards for professional practice in an international context and provides guidance for continuous improvement.

CIS evaluates a school’s achievement of standards across all aspects of school life, conferring CIS International Accreditation as a mark of high-quality international education focused on the development of knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to prepare students as global citizens. Universities around the world seek out students educated at CIS-Internationally Accredited schools due to the rigour of their education, their intercultural experiences and insights, and their preparation to live and work in a globalized world.

Achievement of CIS International Accreditation demonstrates a school’s commitment to high-quality international education. This in turn can lead to recognition of a school’s educational standing by governmental Ministries and Departments of Education around the world, complementing the recognition a school receives through an educational quality assurance agency based in the country where the school is located.

The impact and range of use of the CIS International Accreditation Protocol includes over 500 schools in 121 countries. Refer to the CIS website membership directory ( to verify a school’s CIS International Accreditation status.

Recognition by country


In Australia, CIS works cooperatively with the Victoria Department of Education and Training and the Queensland Department of Education to align the CIS International Accreditation process with state Department of Education External Reviews.


The Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC) recognizes the validity of CIS International Accreditation on a 5-year cycle as a mark of quality assurance as they consider schools for membership in the association, fulfilling their requirement for accreditation to ensure the highest educational, leadership and administration standards.


The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan (MEXT) recognizes students from CIS-Accredited schools as eligible for admission to Japanese universities. The National Information Center for Academic Recognition Japan (NIC-Japan) provides an overview of admission qualifications and pathways to higher education in Japan. 

The Netherlands

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science have designated international or foreign schools that are or will be accredited by CIS as schools where pupils can fulfill their compulsory education in the Netherlands. Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalisation of education) recognizes CIS International Accreditation as a “valid alternative to American regional accreditation organisations”.


In Thailand, CIS is recognized by ONESQA.

United Kingdom

The Council of British International Schools (COBIS), the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) and the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) recognize the validity of CIS International Accreditation on a 5-year cycle as a mark of quality assurance as they consider schools for membership in their respective associations.

United States

The Council of International Schools is an approved accrediting agency for private elementary and secondary schools as identified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The CIS Protocol is authorized via a Memoranda of Understanding as the basis and framework for dual accreditation internationally by three U.S. regional accreditation agencies: MSA, NEASC and WASC.


CIS is recognized professionally as an accrediting body by the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA), a professional association for accreditors. Following a rigorous and impartial review of the CIS international accreditation process, ICAISA has commended and confirmed its confidence in the quality of CIS accreditation and has verified CIS compliance with ICAISA’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices.

International Alliance for School Accreditation

CIS is a member of the International Alliance for School Accreditation, a coalition of regional, national, and international accrediting bodies, whose purpose is to bring forward the best in accreditation while giving these bodies a unifying voice; helping to advance the standard and quality in the accreditation of education worldwide.